Libraries: Spying in The Stacks

Spying in The Stacks

Library Awareness Program sounds like a high-minded effort to get kids to check out Huckleberry Finn. Actually, it is an FBI counterespionage effort. In a 33-page report issued last week, the bureau declared that stacks of the United Nations' Dag Hammarskjold Library, the New York City Public Library and the Library of Congress, among others, are haunted by Soviet agents who snitch sensitive research. Spies also prowl libraries to spot recruits -- such as the Queens College student approached in New York City by Gennadi Zakharov, the Soviet diplomat who was arrested in 1986 and exchanged for Journalist Nicholas Daniloff.


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